RESTORATION ART generally involves Replicating and/or Restoring Artworks, Decorative Designs or Painted Finishes back to their original state. This, often times, will require the Investigation and Documentation of existing surfaces by uncovering the artworks and designs that may have been painted over; or have been compromised due to the results of damage or neglect. Finished results produce the original colors, designs and decorations in the exact locations as the originals, on freshly prepared surfaces.
Lawrence Ave. United Methodist Church - Charlotte, MI                                                                         VanderMoere Studios
Michigan State Capital - Lansing, MI                                                                                                          Evergreen Architectural Arts
Michigan Opera Theater -Detroit, MI                                                                                                                VanderMoere Studios
I was contracted to replicate 70 Trompe L'oeil patterns, painted in oils on canvas, that were installed into the coffered openings of the ceiling above the Procenium Arch. The ceiling was damaged as a result of the building being vacant for many years and from water damage. I traced as much of the information that was available, documented colors and photographed the brush work of the originals. The best example of an original art sample of the Trompe L'oeil that was traced for replication appears to the right. 
4 step Trompe L'oeil process used to re-create these designs
                 Base Color                                 Shadow and Highlight                             Drop Shadow
Finished Product
Finished Product
Hand Painted Grotesque
Hand Painted Griffins and Acanthus Leaf Panel
Hand Painted Wainscot
Hand Painted Wainscot
Hand Painted Wainscot
Hand Cut and Painted Stencilling
Hand Cut and Painted Stencilling
I was contacted by the Lawrence Ave. U.M.C. and asked to provide consulting services for the committee that was organized and placed in charge of repainting the interior of their church. When I arrived, I could see evidence of Decorative Painting on the walls. My suggestion to them was to uncover the original colors of the church that were designed with the building when it was constructed in 1903.   A.) It was an opportune time to conduct the exposure windows to uncover the original surfaces because the church was scheduled to be re-painted.   B.) It might just end the debating between individuals as to what colors to use and   C.) You never know what you might find.      Little did anyone know...
The Walls and all the Ornate Plaster, Trim and Column Capitals were all painted the same color yellow. Everything had been Overpainted in yellow. These
      in-progress photos show this yellow color disappearing as the Original Wall Color is painted and re-established as it was originally Decorated.
ALL of this Decoration, the Colors and Stencilling was already there. It was just painted over and forgotten. One can safely assume that the Original Architect(s) of buildings of this nature spent just as much time and attention to Designing the interior as they did with the overall structure. The debate of what color to paint the walls was quickly forgotten.
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